BSc Management (Marketing) / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Business Law 2: Law and the Modern Corporation in an International Context

Course unit fact file
Unit code BMAN24052
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


A  broad coverage of international legal issues including: corporate law, insolvency, corruption, competition law, IPR and  international  contracts.


Only available for students on: Mgt/Mgt (Specialism), IM, IMABS, BA Econ & IBFE. Core for BSc Management A&F Specialism and level 3 BSc Accounting.


- To introduce students to contrasting international attitudes to legal regulation and usage;
- To familiarise students  with  legal terminology and institutions;
- To introduce students to substantive law in the basic areas of international corporate law;
- To enable students to identify international legal risk and avoid liability where possible, or to recognise when expert advice is necessary;
- To enable students to analyse potential legal problems and work effectively alongside expert advisers.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to :
- Identify key institutions, concepts and definitions in this area ;
- Use  the correct legal terminology;
- Research  and evaluate  a variety of specialist  sources of law;
- Understand and apply substantive law  ( civil & criminal ; national & supra-national ) ;
- Recognise and comply with  a range of attitudes to the legal regulation of business ;
- Recognise, evaluate and resolve a variety of legal issues arising in international commerce.

Teaching and learning methods

Methods of Delivery

Lectures and seminars

Virtual Learning Environment

Lecture  slides and seminar materials will be provided on Blackboard

Informal Contact Methods

  1. Peer Assisted Study Sessions
  2. Email

Employability skills

Skills highlighted include: Precision-based subject Group study & team work : allocation ; co-ordination; application & presentation Individual cold-start research Recognition & evaluation of new developments in the field Hands-on application of primary resources Practical case study analysis

Assessment methods

Group Presentation exercise  40%

Examination   60%

The examination will consist of three sections:  section  A  is a compulsory case study ;  section B is a compulsory problem question ; section C  is  a  choice  of  seen  essay.

The coursework will consist of a group presentation, recorded by the group and submitted as a  video file. Assessment is on an individual basis.


Feedback methods

In class and ad hoc as required.

Recommended reading

This list contains suggested  texts and websites for  research and reference  purposes. You may find it useful  to purchase  a Company Law textbook ; any  general  Business Law textbook you may already  have  will usually  contain  a  section on Company Law

n.b.  page numbers will not be given – you are expected to locate information as part of your skills development.
n.b.       always double check   you are using the latest   edition !!!

Hanson,  Learning Legal Skills & Reasoning   ( Routledge )
Haigh, Legal English  ( Routledge )

(  now  the portal   for  Companies  House, Revenue & Customs, Business & Innovation, Competition & Markets Authority, Office of Fair Trading, Financial Conduct Authority  etc – transitional stage -  some original hyperlinks  are still  being used in tandem    )

Sealy & Worthington,  Cases & Materials in Company Law  ( OUP )

 Hannigan,Company Law (OUP)
Roach, Company Law (OUP)

Clarke, International Corporate Governance ( Routledge )

as above plus    (  for  FCA,SFO, NCA, whistleblowing  etc )

I.P.R.,  ADR   (  for Intellectual Property Office  as well )

Zimmerman & Whittaker (eds), Good Faith in European Contract Law ( CUP )
Jan & Harm, A Basic Guide to International Business Law  ( Routledge  )

Cheeseman,  Contemporary Business Law   (Pearson)  
Zweigert & Kotz, An Introduction to Comparative Law ( OUP )
Casebooks for the common law of Europe  - ius commune series ( Hart)
Bussani & Mattei,  The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Law (CUP )
Kraakman et al, The Anatomy of Corporate Law ( OUP )
Andenas & Wooldridge, European Comparative  Company Law ( CUP  )
Cahn & Donald, Comparative Company Law ( CUP  )
Munkert, Stubner & Wulf, Founding a Company : Handbook of Legal Forms in Europe   ( Springer-Verlag    )
Siems & Cabrelli (eds), Comparative Company Law  ( Hart   )
Siems, Comparative Law   ( Law in Context Series : CUP )

Adams,  Law for Business Students (  Pearson   )
Keenan & Riches, Business Law  (  Pearson )
Marson & Ferris,  Business Law  (  OUP )
Jones,  Introduction to Business Law   (  OUP  )   
Carr, International Trade  Law  ( Routledge )

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 68

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Fiona King Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Pre-requisites: N/A

Co-requisites: N/A

Dependent course units: N/A

Programme Restrictions: Available only on the following programmes: Level 2 BSc Management/Management (specialism), BSc International Management, BSc International Management with American Business Studies and Level 3 BSc/BA IBFE, BA (Econ). Core for Level 3 BSc Accounting.

For Academic Year 2023/24

Updated: March 2023

Approved by: March UG Committee

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